The Invisible Circle

My name is Mariona Cabassa, welcome to the invisible circle!

I’m a seeker, an explorer, a child that plays, a dancer, a dreamer, a lover, I was born in 1977, I wander around a lot, I take pictures of everything, I travel, I’m a tattoo artist, I sew, I paint, I live in Barcelona, I listen to music all the time, I’m a mum, I like solitude, wide spaces, small groups of people, good wine, I dress mainly in black and sometimes, in flowered dresses, I need big windows and natural light, I love cookies and coffee, I don’t like small boxes, I’m more often out of this world than in it...and yet, I love being here and sharing what I see and do. 

I believe that art and creativity are necessary tools and a gift for all of us, artists or not. Magic tools.

For the last 20 years I’ve been a children’s books illustrator. I studied illustration at Massana art school in Barcelona and a postgraduate at l’Ecole des Arts Déco in Strasbourg.

Over these years, I have published more than 80 story books, more schoolbooks than I can count, and illustrated all kind of other products like puzzles, decorative vinyls, bags, toys, postcards, posters, wine labels...I have also been teaching at several art schools in Barcelona and I run my own workshops.

One day, the main medium I was working with (paper) started feeling like a too small box. A good one I have to say, that has brought much joy to my life, professional and personal, but still a box. 

So I decided to go explore the world, outside and inside, and what I found was a huge available space full of creative possibilities. I named that space The Invisible Circle, let the wings of my drawings spread and find other shapes of expression, other mediums, materials.

A friend, artist and teacher who I respect very much said to me once that my work was like a poliysymphony and right now I can’t find a better word to define the nature of this Invisible Circle.

I hope you enjoy it and it brings some inspiration to you.



  • 2021 “Le chat et le oiseau” Text by Géraldine Elschner. Editions de l´Élan Vert
  • 2021 “Opuestos” Text by Soledad Romero. Zahorí Books
  • 2021 “Francisca” Text by Cristina Oleby. Oleby Editorial
  • 2021 “Water”* Text by Christy Mihaly. Barefoot Books
  • 2021 “Les sabates de l´home hereux” Text by Annelise Heurtier. Editions Au vent des iles
  • 2020 “Moby Dick” Adaptation by Carmen Gil. Alma Editorial
  • 2020 “Wetiko y la música del corazón” Text by Carla Trepat. Carla Trepat Editorial
  • 2020 “El camino” Text by Marisa Núñez. OQO Editorial
  • 2020 “Al otro lado” Text by Cristina Falcón Maldonado. Akiara Editorial
  • 2020 “Infinito” Text by Soledad Romero. Zahorí Books
  • 2020 “El bichito del amor” Text by Eve Aixalà. Editorial Flamboyant
  • 2020 “Els 100 refranys catalans més animals” Compilation by M.Cabassa. Cossetània Edicions
  • 2020 “Quand la nuit arrive à tâtons” Text by Elisabeth Coudol. Editions de L´Élan Vert
  • 2020 “A gift for Amma” Text by Meera Sriram. Barefoot Books
  • 2018 “El silencio del corazón” Tetx by Jorge Zentner. Jaguar Ediciones
  • 2018 “Querido Yo” Text by Alain Allard. Kireei Editorial
  • 2018 “Miguel Hernandez ilustrado”Editorial la nube de papel
  • 2017 “Manos” and “Flores” Meditaciones. Text by Jorge Zentner. Ediciones B
  • 2016 “El Día de Ir y Venir” Text by Alain Allard. Fragmenta Editorial Winner of the Childrens Book category of the Junceda Award 2017 (Catalan professional illustrators Association)
  • 2016 “Los viajes de Ulises” Text by Ricardo Gómez. Editorial edelvives
  • 2016 “Poeta eres tú” Text by Juan Carlos Martín Ramos. Editorial Creotz
  • 2015 “Històries de Nasrudín” Text by Halil Bárcena. Editorial Fragmenta.
  • 2015 “La flor azul” Text by Antonio Skármeta. Editorial Libros del Zorro Rojo
  • 2014 “Non hai berce coma o colo” Libro CD. By Paulo Nogueira and Magoia Bodega. Kalandraka Editorial
  • 2014 “Cómetelo todo” Text by Mar Benegas. Takatuka Editorial
  • 2013 “Bululú” Text by Beatriz Giménez de Ory. Kalandraka Editorial
  • 2013 “Babakunde” Text by Annelise Heurtier. Casterman Editorial
  • 2012 “Érase una vex la familia” Text by Anna Gasol & Teresa Blanch. Edebé Editorial. Selected in the “White Ravens” 2013 Internationale Jugendbibliothek (International Youth Libray) Winner of the 2013 CCEI Award.
  • 2011 “¿Qué me pasa Ntumba” Text by Feli Ibáñez. Icaria Editorial & Médicos Sin Fronteras
  • 2011 “Los caminos de los árboles” Text by Pep Bruno. La Fragatina Editorial
  • 2010 “La família C” Text by Pep Bruno. Kalandraka Editorial Winner of the 3rd International Award Compostela for illustrated books
  • 2010 “Ándate con ojo” Text by Ángels Navarro. Círculo de Lectores-Imaginarium Editorial 
  • 2010 “Epaminondas” Adapted by Pepe Maestro. Edelvives Editorial
  • 2010 “Una sed de ilusiones infinita” Anthology of Rubén Darío´s poems. Edelvives Editorial
  • 2009 “La gallina Crestazul” Text by Daniel Nesquens. Castellnou Editorial
  • 2009 “El somni de l´Amina” Text by Anna Gassol. Baula Editorial
  • 2009 “Para hacer un pastel de manzana” Text by Pablo Albo. Edelvives Editorial
  • 2009 “El puchero mágico” Text by Massimo Montanari. Oniro Editorial
  • 2008 “Katiuskas amarillas” Text by Xabier Mendiguren. Bromera Editorial. Runner up 2009 Euskadi Award
  • 2008 “Adivina adivinanza, tengo un cero en la panza” Text by Àngels Navarro. Anaya Editorial Special Mention Award 2009 Junceda Awards
  • 2006 “Cuentos del cocinero” Text by Jorge Zentner. Círculo de Lectores y Edebé Editorial
  • 2006 “Libro de contar” Text by Pep Bruno. OQO Editorial
  • 2005 “25 cuentos populares españoles” Text by José María Guelbenzu. Siruela 
  • 2004 “ En creu” Text by Jacint verdaguer. Cruïlla Editorial
  • 2004 “Les hauts et les bas de la vie” Text by Carlo Padial. Editions du Rouergue
  • 2003 “Blobló” Text by Rai Bueno. Kalandraka Editorial
  • 2003 “Claudia y el toro” Text by Ignacio Sanz. Kalandraka Editorial
  • 2002 “Mis primeras 80.000 palabras” (colaboration). Mediavaca Editorial
  • 2002 “Cuento para contar mientras se come un huevo frito” Text by Pep Bruno. Kalandraka Editorial. Winner of the Childrens Book category of the Junceda Award 2003 (Catalan professional illustrators Association)

Katia, Kireei, Ediciones B, Editorial Zorro Rojo, Papadopolous, Tekman, Jaguar, Edebé, Baula, Barcanova, La Fragatina, Kalandraka, Círculo de Lectores, Imaginarium, Edelvives, Casals, Castellnou, Oniro, Bromera, Anaya, Parramón, Random House-Mondadori, OQO, La Galera-Enciclopèdia Catalana, Palabras del candil, Siruela, Casterman, Takatuka, Aura Comunicació, Planeta-Oxford, Auditori de Barcelona, Edicions 62, Parramón, Editions du Rouergue, Mediavaca, Teide, Cruïlla, Bruño, Ediciones SM, Santillana, Médicos sin Fronteras, Magazine de La Vanguardia, Cavall Fort, Barça Kids, Món Llibre, Nomon, Descobrir Catalunya, Mujer 21, Sàpiens, Chie Mihara, Abacus, Vinilitos, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Vinseum, DDB, Sintagma, Reporter, Fundació La Caixa, Enginy Factory, Londji Creative Toys.

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